Sebastian Gorka: Christian Holocaust Underway in Iraq, USA and World Look On

When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/19/Christian-Holocaust-Underway-in-Iraq-as-USA-and-World-Looks-On

In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. This is the sad news that Breitbart’s National Security Editor and one of the world’s leading experts on asymmetric warfare, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, brought to Breitbart News Saturday, hosted by Editor in Chief Alex Marlow on Sirius XM Patriot Radio.

Dr. Gorka explained that “in the last 48 hours, ISIS, which is now called the Islamic State in Mosul, has painted the letter “N” for Nazarene on the houses of all the surviving Christians in the city. ISIS has basically given an ultimatum to all the Christians left: You can either flee or convert to Islam, or we will kill you.”

Gorka points out that, over the last 20 years, America has stood up around the world to save Muslims. “Whether it was to save the Muslims in Bosnia or the Albanians, Kosovars, and Muslims in Serbia, it is now time for a humanitarian operation to save the remaining Christians in Iraq,” he said. “It is time for the American people and our representatives to do something for our co-religionists remaining in the Middle East.”

Marlow observed that the blatant religious cleansing is horrifying and asked Gorka: “Why is it that the mainstream press is not interested in the story?” Gorka first responded by saying “Let’s face it, this is a Christian version of the Holocaust and nothing less.”

The Middle East expert went on to explain that the mainstream media is in full support of the White House narrative “that the President single-handedly killed Osama Bin Laden, and that Al Qaeda is now on the ropes; therefore, jihad must be shriveling up around the world.” This myopic strategy of only targeting Al Qaeda has provided great opportunities for other jihadists and has given rise to ISIS.

“On top of that,” Gorka asserts that, “the mainstream media are warped in terms of their world view.” According to Breitbart’s national security expert, the media is “post-modernist, sophisticated, and secularist. So when it comes to the idea of religious persecution, they say, ‘Well who really cares because I don’t believe in God. If you are not sophisticated enough to be a post-modernist secularist… tough on you!’”

Gorka didn’t finish there with his scathing indictment of the mainstream media. He added that it is their racism that will let this genocide of Christians continue. “To the mainstream media,” Gorka charged, “the dark skin person always has to be the victim. Either the Hamas terrorist in Gaza, the Nicaraguan gang bangers coming across the border likened to juvenile political refugees… the idea that the white skin Christian or the Israelis as victims, that goes against every narrative this media wishes to pedal. They are necessarily so locked into their own ideological vision of the world.”

Marlow summed it up by saying, “Christians are politically targeted in America frequently; they are being physically targeted in Africa, Syria, and Iraq.” Gorka emphasized that, from his first hand experiences in Africa, Christians will always be blamed for starting any upheaval.

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Ain’t he a bright light!

When Obama stopped in at Master Lock in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last week, he was walking the plant and stopped to talk with a plant employee and looked up at the banner hanging on the wall and said to the worker and people around him, “It is great to be in a union shop, especially one as old as this union is ” – - – - pointing to the banner.
He then said, “A Union shop since 1848″ – - – and then he went on to talk on what that banner stood for and how important it was to display it and show your union support.
The worker then said to Obama that it was the flag of the State of Wisconsin – - which was founded in 1848, and that the shop was Non-Union.
This was only reported by a local radio station in Milwaukee (1130AM) and not by the major news networks. They didn’t want to embarrass this “got no friggin’ clue “President”
Since they didn’t do their job of reporting on this presidential visit, the only way for the news to get around is by us – on the Internet. The White House media said he skipped Wisconsin & just went to Minn. & Chicago.
Do your job; I just did mine, so voters will know what really happened here and just HOW BRIGHT THIS BUFFOON REALLY IS!!!??? NOT!!

 

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NYC creates ID card so 500K illegal immigrants can get services

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a measure that creates a municipal identification card that can now be used by illegal immigrants to access government services, rent an apartment and open a bank account.

“Today we’re living up to our highest ideals, and today we’re saying that no one should be left out,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, calling the signing of the bill into law an “historic” moment, the New York Daily News reported. Ms. Mark-Viverito, along with fellow council members Carlos Menchaca and Daniel Dromm — all Democrats — said the new ID card gives the city’s estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants the opportunity to open bank accounts and rent housing, and even take advantage of certain government services.

Mr. de Blasio touted the ID card as a security measure for police and citizens.

“We want all New Yorkers to feel very comfortable working with the police,” he said, the New York Daily News reported. “We want them to be very able to identify themselves to police and do it in an atmosphere of safety. This is going to play a crucial role in deepening the relationship between police and community, including a lot of our immigrant communities.”

The card technically is for any city resident. But applicants aren’t going to be asked about their legal status, and council members and the mayor say it’s really aimed at helping the city’s most left-out citizens — the illegals.

“Even for those who already have ID, we’re going to make sure that this card brings a lot to the equation, a lot of benefits that will go with it,” Mr. de Blasio said, the New York Daily News reported. “But for those who don’t have ID, it’s going to be crucial.”

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Indiana stored babies’, blood for research without parental consent

(The blood samples of 2.5 MILLION babies is a lot of blood!   At 5 drops per child, 100 gallons to be precise.) ED.
The Indiana State Department of Health has been collecting babies’ blood and DNA without their parents’ permission since 1991, according to an investigation by a local news station.

Now the state wants to know what to do with the blood samples.

When a baby is born in Indiana, as with other states, the state conducts a newborn screening test. A nurse or midwife takes a few drops of blood from the heel of each infant. The blood is collected on a specialized filter paper, which is then sent to the state’s Newborn Screening Lab in downtown Indianapolis.

At the lab, researchers conduct tests on the blood for more than 50 medical disorders, including hypothyroidism, sickle cell disease and conditions where a child is unable to process certain nutrients. Parents and doctors are then notified of the results.

“All babies are screened, even if they look healthy, because some medical conditions cannot be seen by just looking at the baby,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. “Finding these conditions soon after birth can help prevent some serious problems, such as brain damage, organ damage, and even death.”

Indiana’s Newborn Screening Program annually identifies about 200 children who have serious metabolic, genetic or endocrine conditions; detects genetic heart defects in another 45 babies; and identifies hearing loss in about 200 babies.

But along with the newborn screening, the ISDH has kept the leftover blood samples for possible use in medical research, according to an investigation by WTHR. And the state admits it never received parental permission to do so, making the samples unusable for research.

“No, we did nothing to notify parents,” Bob Bowman, director of ISDH’s Genomics & Newborn Screening Program, said to the Indiana NBC affiliate. “That’s why we are struggling right now to try to figure out what is the best and most appropriate thing to do.”

“I’m curious why they didn’t share that,” Mallory Ervin, the mother of a 4-year-old named Theo, said. “It now makes me think ‘what are they hiding?’ As a parent, I’d absolutely like to know.”

The samples are stored in 666 bankers boxes in a warehouse without temperature or humidity controls in Indianapolis.

“Right now we have samples dating back to 1991, so there are approximately 2.25 to 2.5 million samples currently being held,” said Bowman. “We do have a lot.”

Bowman says that the samples of dried blood have been detached from any identifying personal information, which are maintained in a separate computer database.

Since the samples cannot be used for research without parental consent, the state is trying to figure out what to do next.

“In medical research, you do need to get formal permission. You need to tell someone what you are planning to do. That was not happening,” Dr. Eric Meslin, director of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Center for Bioethics, said.

He also said that collecting blood for one purpose and then storing it for another is not good public policy.

In 2013, Indiana changed its notification policy. Parents are now asked up front whether they will allow their newborn’s blood to be used for future research. If they say no, the samples will not be stored.

“Those are stored in the lab for six months, after which time we destroy them,” said lab director Barb Lesko.

As for the 2.25 to 2.5 million samples from before last year, many of those may be unfit for research because of improper storage, WTHR reported. (Samples collected under the new policy are kept in locked freezers maintained at sub-zero temperatures.)

Now the state has decided to let the parents decide what’s to be done with their children’s samples.

“We are eager to hear what parents have to say,” Bowman said. “We know there are some parents who would definitely like those samples destroyed. There are some parents who would like those samples kept. Determining how to exactly figure out which parents would want those samples kept and which ones would want them destroyed is presenting a challenge for us.”

Parents with children born in Indiana can fill out consent forms – either allowing for their children’s samples to be used or destroyed – on the ISDH website.

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Border Patrol Agent Hospitalized with Pneumonia Caught from an Illegal Immigrant, Expected to Have Lifelong Complications

A Border Patrol agent from the Laredo, Texas, Sector has been hospitalized for seven days with bacterial pneumonia, which the agent contracted while processing illegal immigrants, officials from National Border Patrol Council 2455 tell National Review Online.

Agent Jarrad Seely, vice president of NBPC 2455, says the agent is expected to have chronic asthmatic symptoms for life, according to information relayed by the agent. The illness has so swollen the agent’s throat that it’s difficult for the agent to speak, Seely says.

“It’s a very traumatic experience for [the agent] and [the agent’s] family,” he says. “[The agent’s] got small children.” He says that it’s too soon to tell if the agent will be able to make a full recovery and return to work, and says the agent was healthy prior to processing the immigrants.

“Our agents have been getting sick more often than before with flus and congestion and a whole bunch of respiratory illnesses,” says Hector Garza, the secretary and treasurer of NBPC 2455. “The processing room was severely overcrowded and that just made [it] the perfect breeding ground for these diseases.” Garza says he and other Border Patrol officials have had to communicate indirectly with the agent, via the family, because of the agent’s inability to speak.

Seely says the Laredo Sector has recently had illegal immigrants arrive with active cases of tuberculosis, scabies, lice and chicken pox.

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Texas Rangers Dispatched to Secure Border Amid Stolen Mexican Nuke Threat

For the third time in less than a year Mexican officials report that security surrounding the storage and transportation of nuclear material in the troubled state has been compromised. According to civil defense officials a vehicle carrying a lethal dose of radioactive Iridium-192 was hijacked by unknown thieves.

The Mexican government warned Friday that a vehicle containing radioactive material has been stolen, and issued a dire warning to the thieves against taking the potentially deadly material from its protective container.

The substance “can be dangerous for human health if removed from its container,” the officials said in a statement, adding that the material can be lethal even if handled for only a brief time.

The theft in Mexico state prompted officials to issue an alert throughout the capital region and in neighboring states.

Last year a truck carrying deadly Cobalt-60 was stolen and in June armed gunmen raided a research facility near Mexico City making off with a device containing Cesium-137.

The thefts, although not officially spoken about in Washington, have prompted fears from concerned Americans that smugglers or terror organizations may be attempting to produce a “dirty” bomb that could be used in populated U.S. cities. Though such an improvised device would not cause a typical nuclear reaction, it could still spread highly radioactive material for miles and cause untold damage if it were detonated in a highly trafficked area.

A 2010 special report highlighted a “major terror threat” surrounding Other Than Mexican migrants making their way into the United States via the porous southern border. According to the report, border patrol agents routinely catch and detain individuals from Afghanistan, Iran, Jordan and other mid-east countries that have a strong extremist presence.

“We have left the back door to the United States open… We have to understand that there are definitely people who mean to do us harm who have crossed that border.”
-Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth

Though tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have been flooding the border for several months and overwhelming border patrol personnel, many politicians claim that there exists no security threat. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston reportedly handed out lollipops to migrant children being detained at internment camps. “This is not a national security crisis,” Lee told reporters, claiming she visited emergency detention camps without a firearm and did not fear for her life.

The camps, according to reports, are being managed by armed security teams calling themselves ‘brown shirts.’

In Texas, where the federal government has pulled back federal law enforcement and border security personnel, Governor Rick Perry has been left with no other choice but to deploy Texas lawmen to help stem the tide of incoming migrants.

The state is spending upwards of one million dollars per day to man the border every few hundred yards at the more popular crossing areas.

The legendary Texas Rangers have been sent to assist with securing the southern border along with other Texas Department of Public Safety law enforcement officials.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has admitted it is spending millions to transfer Texas Rangers and state troopers to the border for “saturation patrols,” confirming what Infowars encountered on the state’s southern border.

Last week, we encountered a state trooper every few hundred yards for several miles east of Pharr, Texas on Highway 281 which hugs the Mexican border.

Yet the state and local police patrolling the region heavily outnumber the Border Patrol agents Infowars observed in and around a 50 mile stretch of highway between Pharr and the border city of Brownsville, Texas, even though kidnappings and other violent crimes in the area have increased exponentially due to illegal immigration.

Infowars finally found an abundance of Border Patrol vehicles, but they were sitting in the parking lot of a government facility.

“We are simply being ordered to stand down and stop tracking and trying to apprehend the criminals,” Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, told Breitbart back in October.

He added that Border Patrol agents “in every single sector from San Diego to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas” were receiving these orders.

While Americans are being routinely monitored and flagged as extremists who are a danger to society, the entire southern border has been left completely unsecured.

The Federal government, while stockpiling billions of rounds of ammunition, deploying thousands of armored vehicles around the country and heavily militarizing law enforcement agencies, has refused to utilize these taxpayer-funded assets to protect the United States from the very real chance that diseases, violent criminal gangs, and now even nuclear devices could cause more damage than any ‘domestic person of interest’ ever could.

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Tuberculosis outbreak at Sacramento high school

(Just In Case You Need Another Reason to “Get Your Children Out” Of The Indoctrination Center!)

A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday.

Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said.

Four relatives and friends of the student who initially tested positive have also contracted active TB — bringing the total to nine known cases.

Symptoms of active TB can include a persistent cough and fever. Active TB is contagious if it’s in the lungs and accompanied by a cough, said Olivia Kasirye, the county’s public health officer.

The four additional students — two of whom have TB in their lymph nodes — are not infectious, she said.

Kasirye said such an outbreak was not uncommon. The county sees about 90 active TB cases a year, though most of those are adults. She noted that no additional people have been found to be contagious.

“In a way, they are wrapping this up,” McCasland said.

The four additional students are receiving treatment.

In all, a little more than 450 students and staff have been tested. They were considered at high risk because they used the same classrooms or adjacent classrooms as the student who was infectious, health officials said.

Of those, 116 have tested positive for TB, though the vast majority have been confirmed to be latent TB, which is dormant and doesn’t produce symptoms. An additional thirty of the students in that group still need further testing to determine whether they have active TB, McCasland said.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/02/6528896/tuberculosis-outbreak-at-sacramento.html#storylink=cpy
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We have a problem with you, and you have a problem maintaining your credibility’ House Republicans slam IRS commissioner as they subpoena a White House lawyer in ‘missing emails’ case

Republicans dropped a hammer on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during a testy hearing on Monday night over the disappearance of emails tied to the agency’s tea party targeting scandal.

The emails, covering the period January 2009 to April 2011, belonged to embattled former official Lois Lerner and could shed light on whether an expansive scheme to single out conservative groups for special scrutiny was guided by members of Congress or administration officials outside the IRS.

‘The committee requested all of Lois Lerner’s emails over a year ago,’ said House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa. ‘And we subpoenaed the emails in August 2013 and again in February 2014. … You worked to cover up the fact they were missing and only came forward to fess up on a Friday afternoon after you had been caught red-handed.’

‘You personally did not cause the targeting,’ he told Koskinen, referring to the tea party scandal. ‘You personally did not destroy the emails. But by your actions and your deception, you now own this scandal.’

‘We have a problem with you,’ Issa sniped at the front end of a three-hour, 36-minute ordeal, ‘and you have a problem maintaining your credibility.’

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Rep. Darrell Issa slammed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen: 'We have a problem with you, and you have a problem maintaining your credibility'

Rep. Darrell Issa slammed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen: ‘We have a problem with you, and you have a problem maintaining your credibility’

No apologies: In a separate congressional hearing on Friday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen insisted the loss of Lerner's emails was due to an oddly timed glitch

No apologies: In a separate congressional hearing on Friday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen insisted the loss of Lerner’s emails was due to an oddly timed glitch

Spectator sport: The IRS hearing drew a line down the hallway and brought more than 199,000 viewers to an online video livestream

Spectator sport: The IRS hearing drew a line down the hallway and brought more than 199,000 viewers to an online video livestream

Monday’s unusual evening hearing came as the result of a subpoena, and will continue Tuesday morning with a command performance from another Obama administration official.

Issa subpoenaed White House lawyer Jennifer O’Connor on Monday afternoon. He had invited her on Thursday to testify during the Tuesday session, but on Monday afternoon White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston wrote Issa to say his underling would not appear.

Before O’Connor’s promotion to the White House Counsel’s office, she was counsel to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel.

Just ten days ago the IRS informed congressional investigators that a hard drive crash had destroyed 28 months of emails to and from Lerner, who led the IRS’s office in charge of vetting and policing tax-exempt nonprofit groups.

In an opening statement Monday night, Koskinen argued that ‘it is not unusual for computers anywhere to fail, especially at the IRS in light of the aged equipment IRS employees often have to use in light of the continual cuts in its budget these past four years.’

‘Since Jan. 1 of this year, for example,’ he claimed, ‘over 2,000 employees have suffered hard drive crashes.’

Koskinen referred several times on Monday to a lack of budget resources within the IRS, and raised the issue when asked why the agency didn’t do a better job keeping a backup of Lerner’s emails.

 An outraged Issa insisted that Americans should be able to know ‘they’re being honestly treated by your employees, especially somebody at such a high level. Isn’t that in fact a priority that should have allowed for full retention?’

‘If we had the right resources, there would be a lot of priorities,’ Koskinen shot back.

‘So the American people should believe that if they don’t have the resources to pay their taxes, they shouldn’t pay their taxes’ Issa jabbed, ‘because if the IRS doesn’t have the resources, it won’t keep records?’

‘That’s pretty much what you’re telling us here tonight, is that resources are a question of whether or not you retain key documents.’

When Tennessee Republican Rep Scott DesJarlais asked Koskinen how much money it would take to replace the IRS’s computer systems in order to prevent another major data loss, he answered that it would cost between $10 and $30 million.

In a tense moment, DesJarlais then reminded him that the IRS paid $89 million in bonuses last year, including $1 million to agency employees who owed back taxes.

Issa added that the agency has an $1.8 billion information technology budget.

Koskinen said also that ‘the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has already begun an investigation’ into the email losses.

‘His report will provide an independent review of the situation concerning Ms. Lerner’s computer crash three years ago.’

That’s the same inspector general unit that launched Lerner into the spotlight 13 months ago, with an audit of its ‘inappropriate’ use of keywords like ‘patriots’ and ‘tea party’ to identify tax-exemption applicants that would receive inordinate levels of screening.

Koskinen fended off accusations Monday night that he lied to Congress on March 26 when he promised the IRS would turn over all of Lerner's emails

Koskinen fended off accusations Monday night that he lied to Congress on March 26 when he promised the IRS would turn over all of Lerner’s emails

 

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked Koskinen a question he couldn't answer:  Why didn't the IRS restore Lerner's emails from a six-month 'disaster recovery' backup tape?

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked Koskinen a question he couldn’t answer: Why didn’t the IRS restore Lerner’s emails from a six-month ‘disaster recovery’ backup tape?

The result was a three-year period of intrusive screening of conservative groups while their liberal counterparts skated by and quickly received approval.

Issa’s committee staff prepared a video montage showing a cavalcade of Republicans during a March 26 hearing, demanding that Koskinen provide ‘all’ Lerner’s emails.

‘Yes, we will do that,’ the IRS commissioner is seen conceding

Issa tried to corner him Monday night, insisting that he ‘knew there was a problem with Lois Lerner’s emails when you came and testified in March.’

But Koskinen insisted that he had only been told that ‘there was an issue that no one knew the ramifications of.’

‘Somebody said, “There’s an odd development in the way the emails are showing up. We’re going to pull all her emails and investigate it”,’ he said. ‘The first time I knew that emails had been lost from her account was in April.’

‘All the emails that we have will be provided,’ he said moments later. ‘I did not say I would provide you emails that disappeared. If you have a magical way for me to do that, I’d be happy to know about it.’

‘My time has expired,’ Issa interjected while Koskinen continued to speak. ‘And I’ve lost my patience with you.’

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz needled Koskinen about a short-term data backup that the IRS had in place – but never used – when Lerner’s hard drive crashed in 2011.

‘It’s actually a disaster recovery system,’ the IRS commissioner testified, ‘and it backs up for six months in case the entire system goes down … That was the rule in 2011. Policy.’

Chaffetz wanted to know, ‘Why didn’t they just go to that six-month tape?’

Koskinen replied that it is ‘a disaster recovery tape that has all of the emails on it, and is a very complicated tape to actually extract emails [from], but I have not seen any emails to explain why they didn’t do it. So I – It would be difficult, but I don’t know why they didn’t do it.’

‘But you said that the IRS was going to extraordinary lengths to give it to the recovery team, correct?’ Chaffetz quizzed.

‘That’s correct,’ said Koskinen.

‘But it’s backed up – on tape?’

‘For six months, yes.’

‘So,’ Chaffetz asked, ‘why didn’t you get them off the backup?’

‘All I know about that is that the backup tapes are disaster recovery tapes that put everything in one lump,’ Koskinen replied, ‘and extracting individual emails out of that is very costly and difficult, and it was not the policy at the time.’

‘Did anybody try?’ Chaffetz asked the IRS commissioner.

‘I have no idea or indication that they did,’ came his answer.

 

Koskinen told Rep. Jim Jordan (L) that he couldn't remember who told him that Lerner's emails were lost

Koskinen told Rep. Jim Jordan (L) that he couldn’t remember who told him that Lerner’s emails were lost

Koskinen testified under subpoena just hours after the Oversight Committee subpoenaed yet another witness, a White House lawyer who was promoted from her previous job advising the IRS on how to respond to congressional inquiries

Koskinen testified under subpoena just hours after the Oversight Committee subpoenaed yet another witness, a White House lawyer who was promoted from her previous job advising the IRS on how to respond to congressional inquiries

In the March 26 hearing, Koskinen insisted that retrieving Lerner’s emails and submitting them to legal review – to make sure they don’t contain taxpayers’ private information – would take ‘years.’

‘They’re stored somewhere,’ he explained to Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz during that hearing. ‘They get taken off and stored in servers and you’ve got 90-thousand employees. … We can find, and we are in fact searching – we can find Lois Lerner’s emails.’

Koskinen didn’t mention the 2011 computer crash at the time.

He said on Monday that he couldn’t remember who told him about it in April.

‘Remember, I’m running an agency with 90,000 people,’ he protested. ‘We are dealing with a whole – we’re in the middle of filing season as all of this is going on.’

Koskinen’s suggestion in March that the emails were stored on a remote server – not only on Lerner’s personal computer – has brought howls from Republicans, especially since he testified on Friday in a House Ways and Means Committee hearing that the emails were gone for good, and that the IRS had ‘recycled’ the hard drive.

Audible gasps echoed throughout the hearing room as he voiced that admission.

Agency guidelines require that ‘IRS offices will not store the official recordkeeping copy of e-mail messages that are federal records ONLY on the electronic mail system.’

The rules also require IRS offices to back up email messages to ‘a separate electronic recordkeeping system.’

 

Email Sheriff: Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, has subpoenaed White House lawyer Jennifer O'Connor, the former chief counsel to then-acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel

Email Sheriff: Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, has subpoenaed White House lawyer Jennifer O’Connor, the former chief counsel to then-acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel

Koskinen has worn Republicans’ arrows as a badge of honor, insisting that he owes no apologies for being the bearer of bad news about a computer crash.

But during Friday’s Ways and Means hearing, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan insisted, ‘Nobody believes you.’

Three days later, the sparks continued to fly.

Massachusetts Democratic Rep. John Tierney apologized to Koskinen at one point, saying he couldn’t remember seeing ‘a display of this kind of disrespect in all the time I have been in Congress. It is unfortunate that anyone would be subjected to it.’

Issa cautioned Tierney ‘not to characterize the intent or the character of your fellow members here.’

‘But it’s fair game to question the integrity of the witness?’ Koskinen piped up.

‘The rules of the House,’ Issa clarified, speak only ‘to questioning the integrity of members.’

In another exchange, California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier threatened to walk out unless the temperature of questions was reduced by several degrees.

‘I just want us to get back to basics,’ she said, ‘and to run this committee as it should be run, with respect and decorum.’

‘And badgering this commissioner, as virtually every member on the Republican side has done, is shameful. And it’s gotta stop.’

‘Or else, I’m telling you,’ Speier cautioned, ‘one member here is going to walk out and not return.’  

Koskinen insisted that the IRS is working as fast as possible to give Congress all of Lerner's emails and won't apologize for the loss of countless documents because of a claimed computer crash

Koskinen insisted that the IRS is working as fast as possible to give Congress all of Lerner’s emails and won’t apologize for the loss of countless documents because of a claimed computer crash

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan then tried to edge in a question, asking in the prescribed way: ‘Will the gentlelady yield?’

‘The gentlelady is not yeilding,’ she responded.

‘Will the gentlelady please yield?’ Jordan tried again.

‘I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you,’ she responded.

‘I said, “Will the gentlelady please yield?”‘ Jordan repeated.

‘That was better,’ Speier grinned, ‘but no.’

Lois Lerner the former Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, is already charged with Contempt of Congress for refusing to answer a subpoena from Issa by testifying about a years-long scheme to use her agency to hamstring conservative organizations.

Issa said Monday on the Fox News Channel that Lerner presided over the targeting of tea party groups beginning in 2009 because President Barack Obama had made his opposition to the ‘Citizens United’ Supreme Court case well-known.

It was that federal case that cleared the way for a great amount of money to enter federal elections – some of which, congressional Democrats have charged, filters down to nonprofit groups that are forbidden to do any electioneering.

Republicans, however, see a partisan and politicized IRS picking winners and losers.

‘I believe Lois Lerner is hiding something,’ Issa said.

‘I believe the Justice Department, the IRS, and the White House are interested in her succeeding in hiding what she’s hiding, which is targeting of conservative groups based on their ideology in support of the president’s war on Citizens United, a Supreme Court decision that he didn’t like.’

‘This is something he vehemently opposes,’ Issa said, ‘and Lois Lerner acted on his opposition.’

He also suggested the Obama administration is aware that his committee’s investigation into the IRS is geting perilously close to the White House itself.

‘Could it lead to political operatives of the president?’ he asked. ‘Yes.’

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner has invoked the Fifth Amendment twice while under subpoena to avoid testifying about her role in the tea party targeting scandal

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner has invoked the Fifth Amendment twice while under subpoena to avoid testifying about her role in the tea party targeting scandal

The Dems are arguing that the IRS needs wider powers and a bigger budget. Voters, take action.

 

The eleventh-hour subpoena of O’Connor has brought a flurry of late-night lawyering on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, with a House Oversight committee source telling MailOnline that she is legally required to testify on Capitol Hill at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Eggleston, the White House counsel, confirmed in a terse email late Monday that O’Connor would appear.

A frustrated Issa issued a statement Monday along with the O’Connor subpoena, complaining that ‘a year ago, when news broke that the IRS had targeted Americans because of their political beliefs, President Obama pledged, “we will work with Congress as it performs its oversight role”.’

‘I’m disappointed that one year later, the White House has attempted to block this Committee’s first request for voluntary cooperation from a White House official.’

As counsel to the acting IRS commissioner, he said, she ‘led the response to the Congressional targeting inquiry’ from the IRS.

‘She is uniquely qualified to explain why attorneys did not focus on and flag Lerner’s “lost” e-mails at the outset.’

Tuesday night’s hearing was the topic of robust discussion on Twitter and Facebook, with more than 199,000 people watching a livestream video broadcast of the proceedings.

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Duck Dynasty’ Star: Time To ‘Vote This Ungodly Bunch Out Of Washington’

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Reality TV personality Phil Robertson speaks during the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 29, 2014 in New Orleans, La. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Reality TV personality Phil Robertson speaks during the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 29, 2014 in New Orleans, La. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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CULLMAN, Ala. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson is looking for new leadership in Washington.

During his appearance at the “Rock the South” music festival in Cullman, the reality television star stated it’s time to vote those “ungodly” politicians out of Congress.

“Whatever you do, go register to vote, especially on this next presidential election. Register to vote and you ought to register for the House and the Senate, too. Get your tail down there and vote this ungodly bunch out of Washington, D.C.,” Robertson told the crowd while getting a raucous ovation.

Robertson also delved into his controversial comments he made about homosexuality in a GQ interview last December.

“I’m actually a nice man,” Robertson told the crowd. “I’m trying to help those poor souls and turn them to Jesus.

Robertson was suspended from the A&E reality show for several days after saying homosexuality is “illogical.”

“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” Robertson told GQ. “I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

Robertson’s political comments come as his nephew is running for the Louisiana congressional seat held by Vance McAllister, who was elected with the TV family’s support and later was wrapped up in scandal when video surfaced showing him kissing a married staffer.

Zach Dasher, a 36-year-old Republican who never has run for office, said in a statement Monday announcing his candidacy for the Nov. 4 election that he opposed the federal health overhaul and abortion and supports a constitutional amendment requiring that Congress balance the budget.

“I got to looking around at the problems in politics today, and what I see in Washington, D.C., is no God. There is no God. The elite political class thinks they can be running our lives,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I think there’s a vacuum in D.C. of people who understand where rights come from. Rights don’t come from men. They come from God.”

McAllister initially said he would not seek re-election after the security video became public in April, but he’s been less definitive recently, saying he’ll make a decision by the August candidate sign-up period.

Dasher said his decision wasn’t influenced by what happened with McAllister. He said he met with his extended family, including the stars of the A&E show, at cousin Al Robertson’s home to discuss the congressional race. Dasher’s mom is the sister of Phil and Silas “Uncle Si” Robertson.

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Nearly Half Of Detroit Water Customers Can’t Pay Their Bill

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your home listical graphic Nearly Half Of Detroit Water Customers Cant Pay Their Bill

DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s a basic human right: water. But could the United Nations soon help the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department provide the service to struggling customers?

Water department spokeswoman Curtrise Garner says it’s a possibility — but for now, the water bills must be paid.

“We do have programs that do help those that are just totally in need; can’t afford it — but we also know that there are also people who can’t afford it would can not pay and we know this because, once we shut water off, the next day they are in paying the bill in full. So we do know that that has become a habit as well,” said Garner.

“At the DWAS Department — it’s not our goal to shut off water. We want people’s water on, just like they do; but you do have to pay for your water…That’s the bottom line.”

Garner said the reality is that nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage customers can’t pay their bills; and that has led activists to lobby the UN to step up and take action.

“If they do contact us we are willing to speak with them,” she said, adding “We owe it to the customers that are paying to collect from those that aren’t. Somebody has to pay for the water.”

And while Garner says water is “a God-given right,” she says there is a cost to move water from the water resource to the customer and that the infrastructure costs money.

According to the Free Press, the average Detroit water bill is now $65 a month — much higher than the nation’s average rate of about $40.

So, what’s the solution?

WWJ Newsradio 950 listeners have been sounding off on Facebook.

Posted Kathy Ward, “This is just insane. If someone is that destitute that they truly cannot afford their water bill, there are already welfare programs in place for that. I’m guessing those same people not paying their water also have a TV, cable, I-phone, etc. People need to get their priorities straight, not expect another government handout.”

Wrote Rodney Carter, “Call President Obama he has plenty of taxpayers cash to spend. Wasn’t that a campaign promise he made along with free rent and gas and payin’ my car note…Socialism only works if there is someone to pay for it.”

Calvin Adkins added, “If there are programs available to help these families, I am all for it. God has blessed me with ability to pay my bills so being hateful towards those who aren’t able is just not in me. Yes, there are able bodies out there abusing the system. And those individuals should be sought out. But before we go after those people, how about we go after the real welfare abusers. The elected officials, oil companies, insurance companies, banks, Wall Street. Because those abusers are the biggest beneficiaries of our hard work and tax dollars. Stop kicking those who are already down.”

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